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Cape Byron Lighthouse

Enjoy magnificent ocean views, learn about shipwrecks and spot dolphins when you visit this historic lighthouse on mainland Australia’s most easterly point.

Standing on Australia’s far-eastern edge, the Cape Byron Lighthouse has been sending its bright beam over the Pacific Ocean each night since 1901. Explore the lighthouse’s awe-inspiring precinct and be treated to some of the most spectacular coastal views in Byron Bay. Spot turtles and dolphins or watch the surfers carving up the waves offshore. Check out the on-site Maritime Museum and learn seafaring stories and tales of shipwrecks.

You’ll be awed by the lighthouse’s dramatic position overlooking the cliffs of Cape Byron. Stroll around the structure and admire its outlook across the Cape Byron Marine Park. The lighthouse was constructed to help sailors navigating the East Coast and was operated by lighthouse keepers until 1989. Join a tour with a volunteer guide and learn about the role of this well-loved icon of Byron Bay in the town’s maritime heritage. Take in unbeatable 360-degree views of Byron Bay and the cape from the top of the lighthouse and see if you can spot marine creatures offshore.

Don’t miss the chance to walk out to Australia’s easternmost edge by strolling along the Cape Byron Track. This trail follows the coastline and leads to a cliff-edge viewpoint near the very tip of the headland, called the Little Wategos Track. You might spot humpback whales during their annual migration between June and November. Walk down the steps on the northern side of the cape to reach sheltered Wategos Beach.

Stop by the Cape Byron Lighthouse Café on your return to enjoy refreshments with magnificent views.

The Cape Byron Lighthouse is less than 10-minutes’ drive east of the town of Byron Bay. There is no fee to visit the lighthouse but there is a park entry fee for the Cape Byron State Conservation Area, which can be paid at the on-site parking lot. Tours run for 20 minutes and are held several times a day, except for Christmas Day. Attend a tour by making a gold coin donation. The Maritime Museum is open daily.

Make the most of your time at Cape Byron Lighthouse. Below is a list of some of the most popular activities:

Why not think about purchasing a Byron Bay & the Crystal Castle and a Byron Bay Day Tour from Gold Coast?

If you're after more activities, check out our Byron Bay things to do page.


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Glen Villa Resort NZ$103
Glen Villa Resort

Glen Villa Resort

80-86 Butler Street, Byron Bay, NSW
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Byron Bay, this campsite is within a 15-minute walk of Byron Tourist Information Centre and Main Beach. Clarkes Beach and Tallow Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).

    Discovery Parks – Byron Bay NZ$150
    Discovery Parks – Byron Bay

    Discovery Parks – Byron Bay

    399 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay, NSW
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Byron Bay campsite is located on the riverfront, within 2 mi (3 km) of Belongil Beach and Main Beach. Clarkes Beach and Tallow Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      Victoria's at Wategos NZ$573
      Victoria's at Wategos

      Victoria's at Wategos

      1 Marine Parade, Byron Bay, NSW
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated by the ocean, this luxury guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Arakwal National Park and Wategos Beach. Main Beach and Tallow Beach are also within 15 minutes.

        Byron Bay Cottages
        Byron Bay Cottages

        Byron Bay Cottages

        Lighthouse Road, Byron Bay, NSW
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nestled on the beach, this Byron Bay cottage is just steps away from Arakwal National Park and Cape Byron Lighthouse. Tallow Beach and Wategos Beach are also within 15 minutes.

          Beach Hotel Resort NZ$247
          Beach Hotel Resort

          Beach Hotel Resort

          Bay Lane, Byron Bay, NSW
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Offering direct access to the beach, this Byron Bay hotel is in the city centre and within a 5-minute walk of Main Beach and Belongil Beach. Arakwal National Park and Captain Cook Lookout are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Watermark at Wategos
            Watermark at Wategos

            Watermark at Wategos

            29 Marine Parade, Byron Bay, NSW
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this apartment building is steps away from Arakwal National Park and Wategos Beach. Cape Byron Lighthouse and Clarkes Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km).

              The White House
              The White House

              The White House

              25 Marine Parade, Byron Bay, NSW
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated by the ocean, this luxury holiday home is steps away from Arakwal National Park and Wategos Beach. Cape Byron Lighthouse and Main Beach are also within 1 mile (2 km).

                Wategos Surf Shack
                Wategos Surf Shack

                Wategos Surf Shack

                1 Brownell Dr, Byron Bay, NSW
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Byron Bay, this beach holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Arakwal National Park, Cape Byron Lighthouse and Clarkes Beach. Main Beach and Wategos Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).